“Chisel and Memory - The Contribution of Marble Craftsmanship to the Restoration of the Acropolis Monuments” is an exceptional exhibition of photographs that highlights the work of the marble craftsmen who were responsible for the preservation and restoration of the Acropolis’ monuments and their modern-day existence. The exhibition includes massive photographs and documentation from the restoration works. They show marble craftsmen dominating the worksite, making the audience feel as if they too are working; maneuvering the huge blocks of marble or moving conservation materials into and out of position.
The exhibition is dedicated to the former President of the Committee for the Restoration of the Acropolis Monuments, the late Charalambos Bouras. Manolis Korres now continues Bouras’ excellent work, along with a team of other craftsmen. All of them have together achieved an incredible accomplishment with small and humble means.The photographs are grouped in six themes: Self-denial, Labor, Cooperation, Zeal, Pride, and Companionship. They eloquently express the human element and the emotions that the workers experienced in restoring the monuments. The exhibition takes place on the ground floor of the Acropolis Museum in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery. Entrance is free.